Goodell sees more discussion coming on fourth-and-15 alternative to onside kick

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The NFL isn’t done discussing alternatives to the onside kick.

Last offseason the NFL tabled a proposal to allow teams to line up on offense, with one chance to gain 15 yards and keep the ball, rather than kick off. Ultimately too many owners disliked the idea, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he expects more discussion of the matter in the coming offseason.

“It is something we have thought, and many clubs have thought, would be an exciting addition to the game, and something I think merits a lot of discussion,” Goodell said.

Onside kicks have become harder to recover with recent rules changes that prevent players on the kicking team from getting a running start. The fourth-and-15 alternative would make games more exciting, and Goodell is right: It does merit a lot of discussion.

13 responses to “Goodell sees more discussion coming on fourth-and-15 alternative to onside kick

  1. No gimmicks please. Gonna love seeing a game decided by a ticky-tacky pass interference call on this dumb 4th and 15 play. Not.

  2. As long as defensive holding isn’t a 1st down, I can see a 5 wide set with all 5 receivers being “shot” after 8 yards down field

  3. Or, y’know, teams can play four quarters of football well enough to not have to attempt an onside kick or a 4th & 15. Either way

  4. Stop with this nonsense! 4th and 15 is very make-able these days. How about this…

    Make the first three quarters an exhibition game and only keep score in the 4th. Makes about as much sense.

  5. Onside kicks were never a a 50-50 proposition – if they go this route, think of all the ticks-tacky penalties that are going to trigger ‘automatic first downs’. #VoteNOonProposition4thand15

  6. Onside kicks used to be recovered by the kicking team about 10% of the time. They picked 4th and 15 because the success rate at that distance has also been about 10%. The problem I see is that it’s getting easier and easier for an offense to pick up 15 yards when it has to. Let’s take a look at the year-to-year trends and try to project what would be a more reasonable yardage so it doesn’t get too easy. I hate that onside kicks don’t have a chance anymore (unless the receiving team doesn’t know the rules) so they should do something to increase the excitement, but I’m not sure this is it.

  7. Kickoff should be 38 instead of 35, the ball would only needs to travel 7 yards before being live. It gives the kicking team more of chance.

  8. There was nothing wrong with the game of football, for years and years …… and then came Roger Gooddell.

  9. 4th and 15 sounds way easier than recovering an onside kick. And as long as most fans feel that way nobody is going to support this idea. It’d need to be 4th and 20 or more and even then I can imagine receivers taking dives all over the place trying to draw a PI or holding call and nobody is going to want to watch that.

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